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When A Friend Dies by Sherri Rosen

When a friend dies it sucks. Pure and simple. I got word last night that my friend and my book salon teacher, Paul Schulkind, has died.  What a shock!  Especially when it’s the last type of news that I would expect.

I try to put a reason to his death, but there is none. He’s gone! Plain and simple — gone.

He leaves a wonderful life partner, Nancy, and I cannot even imagine what she is going through right now.  I only hope that she has good friends and family around her so she can grieve and go through this painful process of losing someone she loves so deeply. And hopefully Nancy knows that our book salon, that Paul was in charge of, is there for her. The book salon has been running for over 10 years.

Paul & Nancy were married for a long time. Please forgive me if I don’t remember how many years.  What I do know for sure, is both of them accepted one another as they are (which is not easy), and they truly seemed  happy together.

I am still in shock from the news. Don’t feel I have truly taken it in.  All I know is I have lost a good person in my life.  Paul helped me with many of the stories I have written and I would refer some of my clients to him—the clients that needed a good editor to cleanup their book. As a matter of fact Paul edited my last book “Publicity From The Trenches: For Published and Self Published Authors.” Paul loved animals and you could see they loved him back. Especially the way the animal and Paul would interact with one another. 

 Paul  was a wonderful writer and I still have in my heart this wonderful piece he wrote awhile back called

“The Leaf”.  Paul could see and express the beauty in things that most people would pass by and never notice or give a second thought too. 

No one can take his place.  He was a unique human being.  Love to talk and write about politics because he had what seemed like a third eye that could see through all of the bullshit and he was also very smart and could express himself in a very clear and accurate way.

This piece is sent to you all with much love in honor of my friend Paul.  When you hear that expression “live each day as though it were your last.”  Know it ain’t BS.  My love to all of you.


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